Pete the Cat has a mitt, a ball, and a bat and is ready to play baseball. Pete's team, the Rocks, is playing the Rolls. When things don't go Pete's way, will he get upset? Series Information Originally, Pete was a black cat adopted by the artist James Dean. Inspired by his new pet, Dean created a series of paintings starring Pete, painted blue instead of black. When fellow Georgia resident Eric Litwin discovered the paintings at an art gallery, he just knew that he wanted to create a picture book with Pete the Cat. Add one bouncy song and some awesome shoes, and the sing-along, read-aloud phenomenon was born! Loved by parents, teachers, and kids alike, Pete the Cat stories are now available as picture books and early readers.